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Series 2: Sound Recordings (continued)
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR113 Sound recording, July 6, 1963
Rack number: RXH 0756
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:31:47) : analog, 7 1/2 ips ; 7 in.
Recorded at the Third Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival. Carrie Bonser Weaver, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, the so-called last of the Pennsylvania Dutch ballad singers, sings a ballad about Susannah Cox, in Pennsylvania German. The moderator introduced radio host Florence Baver, who discovered Mrs. Weaver. He interviews Mrs. Weaver about learning the song, who then sings a few verses. He introduces Florence Baver, of Easton, Pennsylvania, a columnist and radio host. Mrs. Baver speaks about how she came to discover Mrs. Weaver. This is followed by Pennsylvania German bush meeting songs.
This seems to be a compilation recording, with the performance occuring twice, the first time at the festival, and the second time quiet enough to perhaps be indoors, or at least under quieter circumstances. Both Alfred L. Shoemaker and Don Yoder speak. See SR118 and SR194 for similar recordings.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR114 Sound recording, July 6, 1961
Rack number: RXH 0757
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (01:00:53) : analog, 3 3/4 ips ; 7 in.
Recorded at the Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Don Yoder gives a lecture on three forms of hymnody in Pennsylvania Dutch country, with examples in song. The program ends with Emma Yoder reciting a peddlar's sale pitch for salve in Pennsylvania German, which she has revised over the years (00:58:10 to the end). See SR195, Side B, for the same program.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR115 Sound recording, March 16, 1961
Rack number: RXF 7099
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:25:33) : analog, 7 1/2 ips ; 7 in.
Emma Yoder sings songs in Pennsylvania German. Don Yoder's voice can be heard in the background, in conversation with her. About 00:16:25 she describes camp meetings: the farewell service, when camp broke up, the preachers who were present, transportation, food, meetings that lasted into the night, the duration of camp meetings, how well attended, no tents but cottages, and related subjects.
Digitization note: The recording includes instances of a high-pitched mechanical squeal, from the source tape.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR116 Sound recording, December 14, 1950
Rack number: RXH 0758
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:57:09) : analog, 3 3/4 ips ; 7 in.
Religious songs in Pennsylvania German and English. Part of the recording was made in Annville, Pennsylvania, at the home of Charles and [?]. The tape box indicates the recording is "Fasnacht - Martin, Kelly, Longenecker." This tape is either a compilation or used to record on different dates. The audio quality is variable at best, with the volume dipping and rising in several instances.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR117 Sound recording, July 5, 1961
Rack number: RXH 0759
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (Side A: 01:05:18, Side B: 00:32:56) : analog, 3 3/4 ips ; 7 in.
Side A
Yoder's lecture on the use of various types of Pennsylvania German in preaching; also, about Mose Dissinger stories. A group sings Dutch choruses (in Pennsylvania German), beginning at 00:46:53. The recording cuts off abruptly.
Side B
Dutch choruses continue from SR117, Side A. At 00:32:11 Don Yoder closes the program, and thanks the singers, especially Harry Tobias, Arthur Miller, and the Lykens Valley group.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR118 Sound recording, July 8, 1964
Rack number: RXF 6778
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:31:38) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, half track, mono ; 7 in.
Recorded at the Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Carrie Bonser Weaver performs the German version of the ballad "Susanna Cox." See SR113 and SR194 for similar recordings.
Unrelated singing in Pennsylvania German begins at 00:24:29; possibly dubbed from another recording.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR119 Sound recording, July 8, 1964
Rack number: RXH 0760
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (Side A: 00:31:50, Side B: 00:09:18) : analog, mono ; 7 in.
Side A
Recorded at the Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival, in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Songs in Pennsylvania German, including bush meeting songs. Performance by Clarence Kulp and Rein Gottshall, followed by songs sung by Harry Tobias (Evangelical United Bretheren preacher at Mannheim, in Lancaster County), John Moyer, and Bill (William) Yeakel. At 00:26:26, Don Yoder introduces Mabel Snyder and Paul Brumbach for their presentation on Pennsylvania Dutch funeral customs. At 00:26:43 there is a glitch in the audio; it may be a splice point in the source tape.
Side B
Religious songs performed in English and Pennsylvania German by an unidentified group (possibly the Lykens Valley group on other recordings).
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR120 Sound recording, July 1, 1970
Rack number: RXH 0761
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (Side A, part 1: 01:04:29, Side A, part 2: 01:04:29, Side B, part 1: 01:04:31, Side B, part 2: 01:04:30) : analog, mono ; 7 in.
Recorded at the 21st Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
Digitization note: the files for each side were divided into two parts, due to their length.
Side A, part 1
Don Yoder introduces the first program: an introduction to plain Dutch costume. About 00:29:37 an unidentified man (the potter) talks about what can be seen around the festival. Other tradespeople have a chance to speak: a candle maker (named George), a blacksmith, and decorated boxes (Mrs. Mabel Wells). Mrs Rohrbacher speaks about decorated tin art (continued on Side A, part 2).
Side A, part 2
Mrs Rohrbacher speaks about the sources of inspiration for Pennsylvania Dutch folk art and speaks about symbolism (continued from Side A; ends 00:26:46). At 00:30:47 Yoder introduces the seminar on powwowing (folk medicine), and members of the seminar panel: Richard (Dick) Sheiner, Clarence Reitnauer, Don Roan. The program cuts off abruptly at the end, and continues on Side B, part 1.
Side B, part 1
The program on powwowing continues from Side B, part 1. At 00:06:41 Yoder introduces the next program, emceed by Robert Bucher, on the customs of the year with the Pennsylvania Dutch. At 00:29:20 Mr. Brumbach, Mrs. Nora Betner, and Mrs. Mabel Snyder made a presentation on funeral lore. At 01:01:48, Don Yoder introduces the program on food and farm life and talks about the team Mennonites of Canada. The recording cuts off abruptly at the end.
Side B, part 2
Presentation on food begins abruptly (cut off at the beginning). At 00:14:26 the speaker and Clarence Kulp sing a song in Pennsylvania German, to the tune of "My Bonnie." At 00:16:32 the speaker talks about the culture of Pennsylvania Dutch culture. At 00:39:13 Dr. Phares H. Hertzog (90 years old) gave a presentation on Pennsylvania Dutch snake lore and sings songs in Pennsylvania German. Recording cuts of abruptly, and is continued on SR 121, Side A.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR121 Sound recording, July 1, 1970
Rack number: RXH 0762
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (Side A: 01:04:10, Side B: 00:27:01) : analog, mono ; 7 in.
21st annual Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival, Kutztown, Pennsylvania: program in the seminar tent.
Side A
Continued from SR120, Side B, part 2 (presentation on snake lore). At 00:18:38 the presentation begins on Pennsylvania Dutch music and humor, emceed by Ken Brooks. The presentation includes vocal and instrumental performances. The recording cuts off abruptly.
Side B
Continued from SR121, Side A (presentation on music and humor).
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR122 Sound recording, July 1, 1970
Rack number: RXH 0763
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:14:55) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, mono ; 7 in.
21st annual Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival, Kutztown, Pennsylvania: program in the seminar tent. Continued from SR121, Side B (presentation on music and humor).
Ken Brooks introduces the performers: Mrs. Angus George, organ; singers Carrie Lambert, Rita Grimm, Regina Kistler, and himself. They perform religious songs, in English. This is a copy of the original recording.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR123 Sound recording, July 5, 1968
Rack number: RXH 0764
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (01:25:53) : analog, 1 7/8 ips, mono ; 7 in.
Interviews conducted by Yoder at the 19th Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. The tape includes parts of presentations at the festival.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR124 Sound recording, July 1951
Rack number: RXH 0765
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:14:54) : analog, mono ; 7 in.
Recorded at the 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival, Kutztown Fair Grounds, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Don Yoder introduces Rev. Rufus Bucher, the former head of the Church of Brethren in America (formerly called Dunkard). Rev. Bucher introduces the program on Dunkard hymn singing. Then Yoder introduces Prof. Alvin Brightbill (Biblical Seminary, Chicago), who spoke briefly in Pennsylvania German. Then Brightbill provides an introduction to the way the group would sing, and he functions as foresinger. The recording was broadcast on WEEU Radio.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR125 Sound recording, June 28, 1959
Rack number: RXH 0766
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:06:34) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, mono ; 7 in.
First Pennsylvania Dutch service, St. John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Preachers: Richard Druckenhood (?) and Aaron Brumbach. The recording cuts off abruptly. See SR126, Side A for further content.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR126 Sound recording, June 28, 1959
Rack number: RXH 0767
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:33:04) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, mono ; 7 in.
Side A
First Pennsylvania Dutch service, St. John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. At times the volume is very low. For further details about the service, see the notes for SR125.
Side B failed to record from the source tape (so there is no content).
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR127 Sound recording, July 2, 1961
Rack number: RXH 0768
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (01:04:28) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, mono ; 7 in.
Third Pennsylvania Dutch service, St. John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Sermon by Rev. Merrill Q. Ressler, Spies Church.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR128 Sound recording, July 3, 1960
Rack number: RXH 0769
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:53:45) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, half track, mono ; 7 in.
Second Pennsylvania Dutch service, St. John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Sermon by Rev. Merrill Q. Ressler, Spies Church.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR129 Sound recording, July 8, 1962
Rack number: RXH 0770
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:45:07) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, mono ; 7 in.
Fourth Pennsylvania Dutch service held at St. John's United Church of Christ, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Pastor: Bruce D. Hatt.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR130 Sound recording, November 9, 1958
Rack number: RXH 0771
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (01:19:05) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, quarter track, mono ; 7 in.
Pennsylvania Dutch church services. Dutch choir at Weisenberg Church, New Tripoli, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. (no date). Church service at Grimsville, Pennsylvania (November 9, 1958); this is probably New Bethel Zion Church. Audio has a muffled quality throughout. See SR139 for another recording made at Weisenberg.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR131 Sound recording, November 9, 1958
Rack number: RXH 0772
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (Side A: 00:32:41, Side B: 00:30:59) : analog ; 7 in.
Pennsylvania Dutch church service at Grimsville, Pennsylvania; probably New Bethel Zion Church.
Archivist's note: the name George Erb appears on the tape box; he helped create the Old Oley Union Church and the Harvest Home display at the Kutztown Folk Festival.
Side A
Time Summary
00:00:01 Prayer
00:02:40 More Love to Thee O Christ With Words (song)
00:06:54 "By their fruits - know them" (Scripture reading)
00:11:03 Prayer
00:15:56 In That Beautiful Land (male chorus)
00:20:05 Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruit (sermon; ends abruptly)
Side B
Partial log only.
Time Summary
Start (00:00:02) Ye Shall Know Them By Their Fruit (sermon; continued from Side A); Tell Me the Old Old Story (words)
00:01:24 organ music; Tell Me the Old Old Story (song)
00:30:59 End
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR132 Sound recording, November 1, 1959
Rack number: RXH 0773
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (Side A: 00:32:26, Side B: 00:32:33) : analog ; 7 in.
Pennsylvania Dutch church service at Grimsville, Pennsylvania; probably New Bethel Zion Church. Reel 1 of 2.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR133 Sound recording, November 1, 1959
Rack number: RXH 0774
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (Side A: 00:29:57, Side B: 00:32:18) : analog ; 7 in.
Pennsylvania Dutch church service at Grimsville, Pennsylvania; probably New Bethel Zion Church. Reel 2 of 2.
The program on Side A cuts off at 00:12:04, and at 00:12:06 a recording of the TV program American Bandstand begins (probably recorded in 1958). The balance of the side is filled with secular music unrelated to the church service. Side B has only secular popular music.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR134 Sound recording, November 1, 1959
Rack number: RXH 0775
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (Side A: 01:30:10, Side B: 01:17:18) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, quarter track, mono ; 7 in.
Pennsylvania Dutch church services, Grimsville Church (November 1, 1959) and Forke Church (no date). The tape is a copy. Audio is muffled for most of Side A.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR135 Sound recording, August 30, 1961
Rack number: RXF 6777
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:32:10) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, half track, mono ; 7 in.
1st Pennsylvania Dutch Harvest Frolic. Don Yoder, moderator. He speaks with people working at the Frolic about powwowing and the occult (folk medicine of the Pennsylvania Dutch). Elmira Layton talks about belief in the himmelsbrief (letter from heaven), and tells a story about powwowing (both in English and in Pennsylvania German). Mabel Snyder tells a story about a Catholic powwow (told both in English and in Pennsylvania German). Sophia Eberley, a powwow (niece of Sophia Bailer) tells about powwowing and how she learned it, the sixth and seventh books of Moses, and other subjects.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR136 Sound recording, 1966 or before
Rack number: RXF 7460
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:33:20) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, mono ; 5 in.
Probably recorded at a folk festival. Contents include folk hymns performed by Rev. Harry Tobias (in English and in Pennsylvania German), Don Yoder give a talk on powwowing, and he talks with Sophia Eberley about powwowing and she gives examples and demonstrations.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR137 Sound recording, September 6, 1958
Rack number: RXF 7461
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:33:13) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, mono ; 5 in.
Frank Eckert, tape 2. Subjects include powwowing and witchcraft. Recorded at Don F. Garretson's farm in Aspers, Adams County, Pennsylvania.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR138 Sound recording, August 30, 1959
Rack number: RXH 0776
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:46:17) : analog, 3 3/4 ips, mono ; 7 in.
Church service at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, five miles southwest of Nashville, Illinois. Information on the tape box identifies this as Hahlen Church. St. Peter's (Hahlen) Church closed in the 1970s, and its members joined Trinity Lutheran Congregation, Nashville, Illinois.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR139 Sound recording, undated
Rack number: RXH 0777
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:15:22) : analog, mono ; 7 in.
Pennsylvania Dutch church service, Weisenberg Church, New Tripoli, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. See SR130 for another recording made at Weisenberg.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR140 Sound recording, undated
Rack number: RXH 0778
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (Side A: 00:32:17, Side B: 00:32:16) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, mono ; 7 in.
Pennsylvania Dutch church service, Forks Church. First reel.
ITEM-ID AFC 2003/051: SR141 Sound recording, undated
Rack number: RXH 0779
Extent: 1 sound tape reel (00:24:25) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, mono ; 7 in.
Pennsylvania Dutch church service, Forks Church. Second reel. Songs; no sermon. However, the congregation is addressed by at least two people during the first few minutes of the service.
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